BTS Jungkook’s Makguksu Noodles

BTS Jungkook’s makguksu noodles is Jungkook’s creamy and spicy twist on the traditional Korean, cold noodle dish.

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What are BTS Jungkook’s Makguksu Noodles?

BTS Jungkook’s makguksu noodles are a creamy and spicy, cold noodle dish that he shared with his fans on the internet, and has became viral ever since. He adds lots of perilla oil for a nutty kick!

BTS Jungkook making his noodles on a livestream.

BTS Jungkook’s makguksu noodle recipe is his own twist on a traditional, cold, Korean buckwheat noodle dish, makguksu.

Where did BTS Jungkook’s Makguksu Noodles Originate from?

This viral noodle recipe was showcased by Jungkook, himself, in an early-morning Weverse livestream on April 24, 2023 at 6 AM (KST).

BTS Jungkook’s original recipe post after fans requested it.

Jungkook’s makguksu noodle recipe is a simple, yet healthy, instant noodle dish that only takes 10 minutes to make! Simply toss the sauce ingredients into a bowl of cold buckwheat noodles, mix, and enjoy!

The makguksu noodle sauce is comprised of perilla oil, Buldak Fire Sauce, and Cham sauce being the main ingredients. As with his “BulGuri Instant Ramen Hack” recipe, his love for perilla oil is also shown through his makguksu noodle recipe.

If you are looking for other quick Asian noodle recipes my 10-Minute Gochujang Noodles and Sesame Noodles will sure hit the spot!

Please watch my video, as I walk you through, step-by-step, how to make it.

Now let’s get BTS Jungkook Makguksu Noodle-ing!

What is Makguksu?

Makguksu is a traditional Korean noodle dish that features cold buckwheat noodles. The sauce and toppings offered in makguksu differs from person to person. There are no exact ingredients required to make makguksu, besides, of course, the cold buckwheat noodles. Makguksu typically has a savoury and sour sauce, with vinegar being one of the most common ingredients in the sauce.

What does Makguksu mean?

In Korean, Mak means “right away”, and Guksu means “noodles”. Put it together and we have makguksu, which means “right away noodles” – it basically means instant noodles.

The reason it’s called “right away noodles” is because of its ease in throwing together the ingredients into a bowl for any meal of the day. It is especially telling as Jungkook threw a bowl of these quick noodles at 6 AM – not a very traditional time to eat a large bowl of noodles but who’s watching (except the entire world during his livestream).

What are Buckwheat noodles?

Buckwheat noodles are a type of noodle made from buckwheat flour, renowned for its distinctive nutty flavour and earthy undertones. These noodles, often found in Korean and Japanese cuisine, boast a hearty and slightly chewy texture that adds a delightful contrast to dishes.

The most common buckwheat noodles most are familiar with are Japanese Soba noodles. They are typically dried and packaged, but can also be found fresh.

What is the difference between Korean and Japanese buckwheat noodles?

Korean and Japanese buckwheat noodles share a common base in buckwheat but differ in several aspects. Korean buckwheat noodles are typically made with a combination of buckwheat and starch (such as sweet potato or arrowroot), yielding a chewy and slightly elastic texture. It is commonly served cold and can be found in variations like Makguksu, Mul Naengmyeon (served in a chilled broth), Bibim Naengmyeon (mixed with a spicy sauce).

On the other hand, Japanese buckwheat noodles (soba) are primarily made from buckwheat flour, sometimes blended with wheat flour. Soba noodles have a more delicate and nutty flavour compared to their Korean counterparts. Soba can be enjoyed both hot and cold and is often served with a dipping sauce or in a hot broth. They are typically thicker and less chewier than Korean buckwheat noodles.

What’s the difference between buckwheat and wheat noodles?

Wheat noodles are made from wheat flour, which are not gluten-free, whereas buckwheat noodles are made from buckwheat flour, which is gluten-free.

Buckwheat noodles are a healthier alternative to wheat noodles. They are higher in protein and lower in calories, making it the perfect noodles for those trying to eat healthier.

For this recipe, Jungkook uses Korean Buckwheat noodles, which are not gluten-free as they contain wheat flour, in addition to buckwheat flour.

What is Cham sauce?

Cham sauce is a popular Korean dipping sauce brand used for dipping cooked Korean BBQ meat in. If you’ve ever been to a Korean BBQ and there is a small bowl of savoury and tangy sauce, it is most likely Cham sauce.

Jungkook uses a bottle of this Cham sauce in this recipe, and it can be found in most Korean supermarkets. However, since Cham sauce is a specific brand of sauce, it may not be accessible for all, so I will show you how to make the homemade version!

Cham Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 2 tsp water

Mix all the Cham sauce ingredients together until the sugar is dissolved and now you have your very own, homemade Cham sauce!

Ingredients for Jungkook’s Mak-Guksu

Korean buckwheat noodles

Make sure they are Korean buckwheat noodles and not Japanese buckwheat noodles. This Wang brand Korean buckwheat noodles is what I like to use.

Try to find a brand that makes buckwheat noodles that specifically state “makguksu” – it may also be spelled “mak kuk-soo”.

Do not confuse it with naengmyeon noodles, which are a different type of noodle from the one Jungkook uses.

Perilla oil

Perilla oil is a flavourful and aromatic oil extracted from the seeds of the perilla plant, imparting a nutty taste and distinct fragrance to dishes, often used in Asian cuisine.

You can find perilla oil in Korean supermarkets. If you do not have perilla oil, you can also use roasted sesame oil, just make sure the measurement of the sesame oil is halved.

Cham sauce

Cham sauce is brand of sweet, savoury, and tangy dipping sauce used to dip Korean BBQ meats in.

Please head to the “What is Cham Sauce?” section of this page for a homemade alternative.

Buldak sauce

Buldak sauce is the spicy sauce used in the viral fire noodles. It’s a thick, chicken-flavoured Korean hot sauce that can be sold in bottles, or found as a sauce packet in their instant ramen packages.

Buldak mayo

Buldak mayo is basically Buldak sauce mixed with mayonnaise. It is hard to find in North America, so we will make a homemade version instead.

The homemade version is just 1 tbsp KewPie mayo with 1 tsp Buldak sauce, mixed together.

Seaweed flakes

Roasted seaweed flakes add a crispy and umami garnish to the noodles.

Jungkook uses Korean roasted seaweed flakes. If you can’t find them, then Japanese roasted seaweed flakes – furikake, is a great option too!

Egg yolk

The yolk of one large fresh egg is the secret ingredient Jungkook uses to elevate these noodles. The addition of the egg yolk adds an unctuousness to the noodles.

Note: Eating raw eggs makes you at risk of catching salmonella food poisoning. I do not condone the consumption of raw eggs, however, to accurately depict Jungkook’s recipe, a raw egg yolk is needed. Consume at your own risk.

How to make Jungkook’s Makguksu Noodles


Boil and prepare the noodles

Boil the Korean buckwheat noodles until al dente, then immediately drain and rinse under cold water. The cold water will prevent the noodles from further cooking, as well as “get rid of the starch” according to Jungkook.


Make the makguksu noodle sauce

In a small bowl, combine the perilla oil, Cham sauce, Buldak sauce, and Buldak mayo. Mix until well combined.

Drizzle the entire bowl of sauce on top of the cold buckwheat noodles, mix until the noodles and sauce are well incorporated.


Garnish with an egg yolk and seaweed

Make a divot in the centre of the sauced noodles, and gently slide the egg yolk in. Garnish with roasted seaweed flakes.

Serve immediately by popping the egg yolk and mixing it in with the rest of the noodles.

Note: Jungkook mixes the egg yolk in the bowl when preparing the sauce, however, my version with the egg yolk garnish is more for the aesthetics of the plating.

Dig In!

There we have it, BTS Jungkook’s Makguksu Noodles. And while the noodles are still chewy, let’s dig in!

BTS Jungkook’s Makguksu Noodles

BTS Jungkook's makguksu noodles is Jungkook's creamy and spicy twist on the traditional Korean, cold noodle dish.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Korean
Servings 2 people


  • 200 g Korean buckwheat noodles

Noodle Sauce

  • 4 tbsp perilla oil
  • 2 tbsp Cham sauce
  • 1 tbsp buldak sauce
  • 1 tbsp buldak mayo


  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp roasted seaweed flakes


  • Boil noodles until al dente, drain and rinse under cold water.
  • Mix all noodle sauce ingredients together into small bowl until well combined.
  • Drizzle noodle sauce over cold noodles, mix until well combined.
  • Place egg yolk and sprinkle seaweed flakes on top of the noodles, serve immediately.



This BTS Junkook’s Noodle recipe makes 1 large bowl or 2 small bowl of noodles.
Keywords bts, jungkook, korean, noodles

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